|In 1938, Orson Wells' Halloween eve radio broadcast of War of the Worlds terrified the nation when listeners thought that Martians had really attacked the Earth.
Hitler absorbed Austria into his Nazi empire.
Several automakers offered steering column gear shift controls which effectively increased front seat room. Buick offered the first electric turn signals. Pierce Arrow went out of business.
Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan flew from New York and landed in Ireland instead of Los Angeles. Howard Hughes circled the globe in under four days, setting a new record.
Fads included bingo, chain letters, saddle shoes and zoot suits. Several new products were introduced, including Nescafe instant coffee and Fiberglas. Teflon was invented in 1938. Superman debuted in Action Comics #1.
New songs included 'A Tisket, A Tasket', 'I'll Be Seeing You' and 'God Bless America'. Several significant movies made their debut in 1938: 'Love Finds Andy Hardy', 'Boys Town' and 'Bringing Up Baby'.
Deaths included lawyer Clarence Darrow, tire magnate Harvey Firestone and novelist Thomas Wolfe.
The New York Yankees won the '38 World Series, defeating the Chicago Cubs.